Who loves Dr. Seuss? We do! The Lorax is one of our most favorite Dr Seuss books. My son has grown up in the birthplace of Dr. Seuss, so we are particularly excited about Read Across America every March. Our tie dye coffee filter art is inspired by The Lorax. Find out how easily you can combine simple science and art for a fun STEAM activity!
Tie Dye Coffee Filter Art
DR SEUSS THE LORAX ART
Pair your favorite Dr. Seuss books with cool science activities this month and every month! Take a look at a few more in the video below and visit our complete collection of Dr Seuss science activities.
READ ACROSS AMERICA WITH THE LORAX
Pairing a book with an activity is always fun and can make the literacy experience even more meaningful to young children. My son isn’t a huge fan of art activities unless I can make it super fun and pretty quick.
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Plus, if I can add a little science too, that’s a bonus! Here we have a quick way to tie dye coffee filters for an art and science activity inspired by Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
COFFEE FILTER ART
Our tie dye coffee filters represent the planet Earth with blues and greens since the Lorax loves his environment and we do too! Also, we made Truffla Trees because of course, the Lorax adores his beautiful and colorful trees.
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What else can you do with these coffee filters? Stick one of your masterpieces in a frame and hang on the wall. Or you can add a clothespin through the middle and create a butterfly or make a coffee filter rainbow craft.
You can even turn them into coffee filter flowers!
TIE DYE COFFEE FILTER ART
YOU WILL NEED
- Coffee Filters
- Washable Markers
- Spray Bottle and Water
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
- FREE Printable Earth Sheet
HOW TO TIE DYE COFFEE FILTERS
STEP 1: Color, scribble, or draw on your coffee filters with washable markers.
I showed my son how to use the side of the marker to make thicker marks. This is a terrific fine motor activity and pre-writing activity for young kids. My son particularly loves to scribble.
STEP 2: Use the squirt bottle to spray the coffee filter art masterpiece with water. Make sure to thoroughly wet it down.
Check out what’s happening! Do you notice the colors blending together as the coffee filter absorbs the water?
STEP 3: Once thoroughly wet, pick it up and place it on a paper towel. Let your tie dyed coffee filter art dry.
Our tie dyed coffee filter art dried pretty quickly which is perfect for an impatient little boy.
HOW DO YOU TIE DYE COFFEE FILTERS
Soluble vs. insoluble! If something is soluble that means it will dissolve in that liquid. The ink used in these washable markers dissolves in what? The water of course!
When you added drops of water to the designs on the paper, the ink should spread out and run along the paper with the water.
Note: Permanent markers do not dissolve in water but in alcohol. You can see this in action here with our tie dye sharpie Valentine cards.
Simple art and literacy with a touch of science. I bet you can set this up today!
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MORE AWESOME DR SEUSS ACTIVITIES
- CAT IN THE HAT CHALLENGE
- DR SEUSS MATH ACTIVITY
- LORAX EARTH DAY SLIME
- THE BUTTER BATTLE ACTIVITY
- GRINCH SLIME
- BARTHOLOMEW AND THE OOBLECK ACTIVITY
- TEN APPLES ON TOP ACTIVITIES
TIE DYE COFFEE FILTER ART FOR QUICK STEAM